When fixed operators move towards using voice over IP (VoIP) they may at one point decide to shut down the traditional telephony network after they have migrated all clients to the new technology.
Separately, when fixed operators replace part or all of their local copper network with fibre, they may decide to phase out the main distribution frame in the local exchange or even completely stop using all copper wires.
Cullen International’s new benchmark on technology migration shows whether plans to shut down the PSTN or decommission the local copper access network exist in 17 EU members states.
The complete shutdown of the existing PSTN access network is planned in nine of the countries researched with a timeline ranging between the end of 2019 (e.g. Greece and Switzerland) and 2025 (UK). Copper decommissioning plans exist in six of the countries researched and Norway is the only country where the incumbent operator set a deadline for decommissioning the copper network (2023).
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14 June 19
Webinar: New responsibilities for content sharing platforms in the EU - Recording available
On 13 June, Cullen International organised a webinar to enable you to grasp in one hour the new responsibilities for content sharing platforms in the EU. The recording is now available.
03 June 19
New report on regulation of connected cars in Europe
Cullen International has published a new report covering the main EU policy and regulatory initiatives relevant to the deployment of connected and automated mobility in Europe.
03 June 19
New training programme: Specialise in regulation and competition policy in the digital economy
“Digitisation represents a marvellous opportunity for our societies; but it also introduces new dangers, while amplifying others”. Cullen International’s seminar discusses how the EU should prevent the dangers raised by Nobel laureate Jean Tirole through the application of competition law and regulation.